Additional State and Federal Resources for Businesses
(Please contact the appropriate agency below for more information as these resources are not provided through the Department of Revenue.)
- Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan
The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program provides short-term, zero-interest working capital loans that are intended to "bridge the gap" between the time a disaster impacts a business and when a business has secured longer term recovery funding such as federally or commercially available loans, insurance claims or other resources. Small business owners can qualify for up to $50,000 per eligible business. The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is active for Hurricane Idalia.
- Rebuild Florida Business Loan Fund
The Rebuild Florida Business Loan Fund focuses on creating and enhancing the diversification and resiliency of Florida's
economy. Its purpose is to address the current gap in available, affordable capital for businesses by providing longer
term loans with higher funding levels at market interest rates.
- Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has made available Disaster Loan Assistance for Hurricane Idalia-affected businesses. Applicants may apply online using the electronic loan application available on the SBA’s website and should apply under SBA declaration #18118.
- Verifying Contractors
Before initiating repairs, verify a contractor's license at
by calling (850) 487-1395, or by downloading the free DBPR Mobile app through iTunes or the Google Play app store.
Report unlicensed contractor activity by calling the Department of Business and Professional Regulation's (DBPR) Unlicensed
Activity Hotline at (866) 532-1440.
- Disaster Contractors Network
The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) has activated the Disaster Contractors Network (DCN). DCN is specifically designed to help
ensure homeowners are not duped by an unlicensed contractor by connecting homeowners needing emergency repairs with Florida-licensed contractors and construction
suppliers. Once homeowners are safely able to assess their home repair needs, they are encouraged to log onto
DCNOnline.org and search by county for a
list of Florida-licensed contractors in their local community who are providing these services. Licensed contractors and suppliers can log onto
DCNOnline.org to register their licensed
- Insurance Consumer Assistance
The toll-free Insurance Consumer Helpline (1-877-693-5236) can answer business and consumer-oriented insurance-related questions. More information is available on the Chief Financial Officer's website.
- Price Gouging Hotline
To report suspected price gouging, call the Florida Attorney General's office at 1-866-966-7226, via the No Scam - Stop Price Gouging app, or online.
- Florida Disaster Unemployment Assistance
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is available to Florida businesses and residents whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as a direct result of Hurricane Idalia and are not eligible for regular state or Federal Reemployment Assistance benefits. FloridaCommerce is accepting applications for DUA from residents and businesses in Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Jefferson, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Pasco, Pinellas, Suwannee, and Taylor counties, the FEMA-designated disaster impacted area as of September 4, 2023. The deadline to submit a claim for DUA benefits is no later than 11:59 p.m. on October 3, 2023 for businesses and residents in Citrus, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Hernando, Jefferson, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Pasco, Suwannee, and Taylor counties. For businesses and residents in Pinellas County the deadline to submit a claim for DUA benefits is no later than 11:59 p.m. on October 5, 2023. To file a DUA claim, visit www.FloridaJobs.org or call 1-800-385-3920. Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time, to assist claimants. For DUA claims information, call 1-833-FL-APPLY (1-833-352-7759) to speak to a customer service representative.
- Dislocated Worker Grant Program
National Dislocated Worker Grants are awarded for temporary employment to workers affected by major dislocations,
including natural disasters. Individuals who qualify for disaster relief employment are people who are temporarily or
permanently laid off as a consequence of the disaster, dislocated workers and individuals who are long-term unemployed.
For information regarding National Dislocated Worker Grants, visit your local CareerSource Center at
- Other resources listed at
- Business Damage Assessment Survey
The Florida Department of Commerce and the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) have activated the
Business Damage Assessment Survey in response to Hurricane Idalia. Survey responses will allow the state to expedite
Hurricane Idalia recovery efforts by gathering data and assessing the needs of affected businesses.
- State Assistance Information Line: 1-800-342-3557
The Florida State Assistance Information Line (SAIL) is a toll-free hotline activated at the time of an emergency to provide an additional resource for Floridians to receive accurate and up-to-date information regarding an emergency or disaster situation impacting the state of Florida. SAIL is currently activated and available 24 hours/7 days a week.
- FEMA Critical Needs Assistance
The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) may provide financial assistance to Hurricane Idalia applicants who have immediate or critical needs because they are displaced from their primary dwellings. Immediate or critical needs are lifesaving and life-sustaining items, including water, food, first aid, prescriptions, infant formula, diapers, consumable medical supplies, durable medical equipment, personal hygiene items, and fuel for transportation. Critical Needs Assistance is a one-time $700 payment per household. There are several ways to apply: Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov, download the FEMA App for mobile devices, or call toll-free 800-621-3362. The line is open 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. ET daily.
- FEMA Clean and Sanitize Assistance
If your home was damaged by Hurricane Idalia but you can live in it safely, FEMA may be able to provide up to $300 in one-time financial assistance to help with cleanup. This assistance is for eligible homeowners and renters. There are several ways to apply: Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov, download the FEMA App for mobile devices, or call toll-free 800-621-3362. The line is open 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. ET daily.
- Free Hurricane Idalia Home Cleanup Hotline
Call 1-800-451-1954 for free help from local relief agencies. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed.
- County Emergency Management Contacts: https://www.floridadisaster.org/counties/
- Office of Insurance Regulation Resources
- American Red Cross
View a list of open shelters at https://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter.html.
- Department of Financial Services (DFS)
The toll-free Insurance Consumer Helpline (1-877-693-5236, Florida Relay Service: 711 (TDD/TTY). 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST, or online at
www.myfloridacfo.com) can answer business and
consumer-oriented insurance-related questions. Specialists can help individuals review their policies, understand their coverage, file a claim, and assist in
communicating with insurance companies. DFS's Division of Consumer Services maintains a Hurricane Resources website at
https://myfloridacfo.com/division/consumers/storm/resources. The Division of Consumer Services also houses a Disaster Preparedness website at